29 December 2015

W/out God, what's it all for?

Winter. Tired. Feeling that there isn't a purpose to things. Post car-crash? Maybe. Maybe not. Photography offered salvation a while ago but doesn't now; maybe the feeling will return. I hope so.

Raymond Carver

“It's possible, in a poem or a short story, to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things-- a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman's earring-- with immense, even startling power. It is possible to write a line of seemingly innocuous dialogue and have it send a chill along the reader's spine-- the source of artistic delight, as Nabokov would have it. That's the kind of writing that most interests me.” 

It's the kind of photography that most interests me. The thing is, though, I'm not sure that one's own pictures can produce the effect one is hoping to produce in others - too much extra information is available, too much is known about how I did it, what I've done in post, the techniques involved. I wonder if Daido Moriyama is trying to produce the effect in himself by working relentlessly, endlessly, producing so much work he doesn't have time to dwell on a few pictures in the way that I do? I constantly go back to work and re-work it, look at it anew, see if I have missed anything, see if I can squeeze something else out of it... Almost certainly, I need to take more pictures. Many, many more pictures. And think about Art more. Think about what life is for, what I want to say. You can't speak from the grave.


Lucien Freud

"Full, saturated colours have an emotional significance I want to avoid."

Elective Affinities 2.0 (after Magritte)

"Life obliges me to do something, so I paint."


Daniel Boorstin

"As individuals and as a nation, we now suffer from social narcissism. The beloved echo of our ancestors, the virgin America, has been abandoned. We have fallen in love with our own image, with images of our making, which turn out to be images of ourselves."

[Many of the recent quotes on Mrs Lemon's come from http://photoquotations.com/ ].

28 December 2015

Garry Winogrand

"You see something happening and you bang away at it. Either you get what you saw or you get something else—and whichever is better you print."

Where are you?

Sally Mann

"I have found tangible evidence that within this life’s sweet tedium reside certain truths: that nothing attains maximum beauty until touched with decay, that the vulgar and miraculous can be one."

Raymond Carver

"A great danger, or at least a great temptation, for many writers is to become too autobiographical in their approach to their fiction. A little autobiography and a lot of imagination are best."


Saul Leiter

"In order to build a career and to be successful, one has to be determined. One has to be ambitious. I much prefer to drink coffee, listen to music and to paint when I feel like it."

Saul Leiter

"I don’t plan things. As a rule I prefer to see what happens."

Daido Moriyama

"Most of what I want simply slips away like water flowing through a net, and always what remains are only vague, elusive fragments of images… that sink into countless strata in my mind."

Frederick Sommer

"Art is the splendour of reality before everything has become meaning."

Terence Donovan

"The magic of photography is metaphysical. What you see in the photograph isn’t what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organised visual lying."

Garry Winogrand

"The photograph isn’t what was photographed. It’s something else. It’s a new fact."

A Christmas Wedding at Gregynog Hall


Mr and Mrs Macbeth